I'm working on this quilt block tonight as I sit here watching Bringing Up Bates on UPtv. I usually stitching while watching TV just because I can't keep still for any amount of time. I think growing up in a family with 12 kids and no TV, probably has something to do with it, then those months of sitting through a deployment waiting for Prince Charming's return, I had to keep busy even when relaxing, so it became a habit.
I did a lot of cross stitch growing up, though I never made anything for any of my siblings. There's no really reason why, except as the oldest girl, with the 3 oldest boys being 2 years older, it never really seemed like a great "gift", although we rarely traded gifts, even for holidays.
I was in college and living on my own when I started stitching stuff for myself, and it wasn't until then that I started to sew and quilt. It was really something that I needed to keep my sanity during those deployments.
So while I was watching The Bates Family Adventures and cross stitching, I couldn't help but think, how long would it take to make a quilt, traditional or stitched like this one, if you made one for each sibling. I don't know, like when they got married or something. not to mention if you made one for each grand-baby! You'd need a fabric company to sponsor you or something! Yikes! I mean, at a minimum you'd need like 4 yards of fabric for a twin-sized quilt ... multiply that by 20 quilts (because you know you have to make one for yourself and your parents). That's 80 yards of fabric!
Anyway, I'll keep posting progress of this project. You may remember I picked this up to keep me busy when my Dad had heart surgery last month.
Until our next cup of tea ...